The early season pacesetters Brighton & Hove Albion will host a steadily improving Arsenal to the Amex Stadium on Saturday evening for a Premier League clash. Last time out Mikel Arteta’s side thrashed Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby while the Seagulls earned a point against Crystal Palace towards the death. Here is our expert guess on Brighton vs Arsenal football prediction for the Champions League match of the season.
The availability of Yves Bissouma is dubious for Brighton for the match against the Gunners.
Ex-Arsenal attacker Danny Welbeck is likely to miss the match against his former club after suffering a hamstring injury on Monday.
Until after the international break Steven Alzate and Adam Webster are not anticipated to return.
Granit Xhaka will not be available for the next three months after he suffered knee ligament damage in last weekend’s 3-1 triumph over Tottenham.
With Nicolas Pepe or Alexandre Lacazette coming into the side Emile Smith Rowe or Martin Odegaard may drop deeper to cover for Xhaka’s absence.
Albert Sambi Lokonga, on the other hand, is more likely to replace Xhaka in an otherwise unchanged Arsenal XI.
Brighton vs Arsenal Prediction
Brighton missed out on a chance to go top of the Premier League with only a point away to Crystal Palace on Monday. In their first six Premier League games, they have won four of them.
After a poor start in the Premier League Arsenal has won three consecutive games indicating that they are on the right track. Mikel Arteta now has his first-choice defense to call on, and Arsenal are looking much better.
This game has the potential to be a banana skin for Arsenal, but they are in a far better position than they were a few weeks ago. In four of the last six encounters, both teams have scored.
On the South Coast, Arsenal hasn’t always had it their way, and Brighton’s impressive start to the season suggests that a memorable three points against the Gunners aren’t out of the question.
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup: Sanchez; Dunk, Duffy, Burn; Veltman, Bissouma, Gross, Cucurella; Trossard, Connolly; Maupay
Arsenal possible starting lineup: Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Lokonga, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang
Our Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Arsenal